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First updated : 19 April 2009
Last Updated : 02 July 2012

After a quite a few days in Penang I then left for Kuala Lumpur.  There are numerous ways to get there.  The cheapest is by bus followed by private hire (chauffeur) or taxi and by plane. Then again if you have a hire car than even cheaper.  However be warned make sure you can handle the traffic flows around the cities before trying to drive your self.  The freeways are easy though!

If travelling by plane from Penang you'll arrive at the relatively new Kuala Lumpur International airport (KLIA).  It is quite a impressive set of buildings.  The only problem is that it is located about 50km from the city.  However there are plenty of transport options which include taxi, bus or the airport express train. Regardless of transport it will take around 45 minutes.  If you take the train you still need to get from the station to the hotel.

The most impressive part of the Kuala Lumpur (KL) as you get near the city is the unmistakeable vista of the Petronas tin towers.  The building is a stand out, it's literally gleaming against the sunlight. The rest of the view is of a standard modern city. 

Accommodation: Lots of choices in Kuala Lumpur but overall I recommend staying near or in the city since all the main attractions and shopping is centred in the city.  Once settled into your choice of accommodation getting about the city is very easy.  Walking is the best way so you get acquainted with the layout.  Everything is about 1-2km of the city centre.  The best way to start off is to take the monorail.  It runs up and down the main districts but strangely does not stop at any of the main attractions except for the 'Golden Triangle'.  The Golden Triangle is the main shopping district for KL and indeed there are a lot of shopping centers in the area. 

Recommended tourist attractions: The tourist first stop is the towers.  You should see it during the day and one at night.  The building lights up the sky of KL.  The Skybridge in the middle is nice to visit if you can get a ticket but its not an essential visit since you can get views of the city from other buildings. 

The Bird park is another place to visit if you have some spare time.  Quite a number of birds to look at.  The most impressive are not the large ones but the smallest.  One particular breed was about 5 or 6 centimeters.  The monkeys that live around the park are worth a look too.  There is an entire tribe of them that roam the outside the park - just don't try to touch them. The Butterfly park virtually next door is another worth while attraction.

The Tourist center less than 1 km from Petronas and a recommended visit to get all the details of other activities you may be interested in.  Since I don't know what you're interested in... 

The other attraction worth a visit is the Batu Caves.  It's located just out of town and it is a Hindu Temple built into the side of a mountain in a very large cave.  The steps are very steep with approximately 270 or so I counted to climb into the cave.  Nice view of the surrounding area.  The golden statue at the front of the caves is a unique photo opportunity.

Going to Malaysia is usually about shopping and eating.  While you're there you should take advantage of the opportunity.  Food is generally and relatively 'cheap' by comparison to most countries. It depends to whether you want to try Western or Asian style food.  You must also remember that dairy milk is not common.

Sure there is Western style food (with a twist) but since you are a tourist you should try local dishes. The food is usually very good and certainly edible.  Even the food in the mega malls are quite authentic. Many dishes are spicy so if you're not used it - give it a go anyway!  You'll either lose a lot of weight of gain plenty!  Things to try include Durian if you travel during the right time of the year.  It is a fruit you either love or hate.  The biggest problem is getting past the smell of the fruit!  The Durian smell is so strong that people carrying it are banned from public transport! Once past the smell I think you'll like it - it tastes so different to anything else you'll ever try. The dishes I recommend include, fried Kway Teow, Assam laksa, Nonya laksa, oyster omelet, roti chani and nasi lemak.  The various soup noodles are also worth a go.  You can get these dishes anywhere in the country not just KL.

Shopping in KL is great experience for the entire family.  The best bargains are of course the fake brand name goods - plenty to choose from although the quality of the fakes do vary. (Some are so hard to tell from the original)   So choose and bargain hard!  Never pay full price! The night markets in Petaling St or China town is the best place the fake stuff like bags, clothes and watches.  As for electronic goods, there's plenty to choose from but beware!  Some of the equipment especially mobile phones are not built to an international standard.  You could fry your ear or other things off!  Trying to get an original or genuine model is not difficult but you still have to be careful.  Unfortunately prices are comparable to most countries so I didn't bother.  Laptops and computers are surprisingly cheap though!  So if you know what you're doing then go for it.  If you're after clothes make sure the clothes fit you because the sizes are very different from western countries.  And for kids there are plenty of toys and electronic games including the much desired Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.

Picture caption: The picture at the top shows the world famous Petronas towers.

Malaysia travel guide - Introduction
Malaysia travel guide - Penang

Malaysia travel guide - Penang Accommodation & Transport
Malaysia travel guide - Kuala Lumpur
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